The Photography Encyclopedia, 1st Edition

  • Gloria S. McDarrah
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0028650255
  • ISBN-13: 9780028650258
  • DDC: 770.3
  • Shipping Weight: 4.55 lbs ( 2.06 kgs)
  • 692 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 1999 | Published



The Photography Encyclopedia brings the art, science and business of photography together in a comprehensive and accessible overview. It features biographical entries, explanations of key terms, and sections on Awards, Galleries and Museums, Magazines, Book Sellers, Manufacturers, Films, Book Reviews, and a Timeline. Beyond providing a solid historical grounding in photography, this book is designed to help readers in their own photographic efforts, from finding a nearby gallery to buying equipment, from taking pictures, to entering a national photography contest.


"[A] comprehensive overview of all aspects of photography... The quality of the photographs is excellent, the text is crisp, the layout is clean...[A]n excellent purchase."-- Booklist (July 15, 1999)

— Booklist

"[C]hock full of everything -- I can't think of anyone seriously interested in the medium who'd regret having this on the reference shelf." -- A. D. Coleman, Photography in New York (August 1999)

— Photography in New York

"Illustrated with hundreds of well-reproduced black-and-white photogrpahs, this volume is a beautiful presentation of a topic that is not exactly replete with reference literature. Most of the coverage is biographical, but entries also discuss equipment, materials, processes, techniques, and other related terms."-- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin (January 2000)

— Booklist

"To some, photography is an art form, to others a chemical process, to others a business, to others a digital process (susceptible to morphing manipulation), to others a visual narrative, and to some all of these. The McDarrahs' encyclopedia takes in all of these aspects of the artificial eye...In prose as clear as the many black-and-white photographs that illustrate the book, the McDarrahs sketch the history and explain the significance of the myriad subjects. [W]onderful."-- Rettig on Reference (June 1999)

— Rettig on Reference

"For a field as diverse and scattered as photography, this work manages to crop words as artfully as photographs. It covers all angles of photographers and the tools of their craft. Although the authors indicate their work is intended for young is really a work for all levels of readers. As a coffee table book, it is filled with carefully selected photographs portraying the irony and the beauty of life seen through the camera lens. As a reference work, the photographs are the glue between biographies and terminology. Additional sections list book reviews, films about photographers, and a time line of photography. Additional appendices include lists of US museums, galleries, manufacturers, booksellers, etc.. The compilers provide URLs where available. Highly recommended for reference in any art collection; the political tenor of the photographs will make it useful for collections in history and political science." -- CHOICE (November 1999)

— Choice

"This well-produced volume achieves its authors' mission: to give the young reader (or his or her teacher or parents) a comprehensive overview of the medium in a single, illustrated, easy-to-use volume...Other photographic reference books are not as comprehensive as this one...The authors...have written and edited five books in photography field, and in this volume have given us a valuable reference tool...I highly recommend this work for both large and small, public and academic libraries." --Reference and User Services Quarterly (Winter 1999)

— Reference and User Services Quarterly (ALA)